A decadent home that encompasses contemporary, modern and moody.

Entrusting an architect to understand your vision can be a daunting experience. However, when you’ve commissioned Gerhard Breedt from Gerhard Architect with such responsibility, you can only expect a refined, expert designer with a dedicated and professional team, with meticulous attention to details, diligence and a hands-on approach to the project that ensures the entire process from design to completion is only but a great success. Gerhard’s build project management is what made the ride a smooth one and the overall project a huge success.

Considering the ethos of the estate’s design code, the sea-views, orientation, position, climate, sun and natural light, Gerhard created a site-specific design approach and by designing a progressively unique modern home meant that he interacted with the clients in the design process. He has certainly added a new competitive edge to Simbithi with this contemporary design.

Upon arrival, you’re immediately welcomed by the dramatic front entrance façade that makes a bold statement with its concrete pillars and double volume, slightly tinted glass. It truly gives you the sense of that “you have arrived” feeling. Steel, glass, concrete and Eva-Last composite decking were some of the chosen building materials. The exterior walls are finished in dark charcoal grey, complementing the off-shutter concrete. The garage finish is sublime with its floating glass top-level windows. The main entrance is highlighted by a gigantic glass front door opening up to spectacular sea views. A focal point of the front entrance is the large 3D, double volume delicious monster wooden panels. These panels are decorated in wallpaper and are finished with sleek lighting to create a silhouette during nightfall, while LED lights accentuate the noteworthy floating staircase in dark oak on each tread.

This sensational split-level double-storey home was uniquely designed to incorporate entertainment and the masters’ downstairs, including a separate living area on the upper level. The main inspiration for this home was to design a living space enhanced by thoughtful, creative expression while prioritising family living and entertainment. The design and décor selections throughout the home resemble a warm and contemporary mood. Laura envisioned a clean, elegant lined, modern and moody look and feel for her home and selected finishes such as smokey mirrors and modern colours to compliment her vision. To accentuate her modern style, Laura carefully selected trendy prints from The Fabric House to thoughtfully decorate each space in the home.
The kitchen is audacious in design with its distinctive bold black finishes. “I was apprehensive about going with an all-black kitchen, but I was so pleased that I stuck to my initial instinct – the results are exceptional,” Laura said. Premium materials have been used to create clear and straight-lined aesthetics throughout the space. The back walls are adorned with bespoke black large-format tiles. “The main character in the kitchen is the LED-backlit tall glass cupboards, used for glassware and wine storage,” Laura adds. Future forward and innovative technology has been used combining stylish built-in appliances that meet their lifestyle needs and demands, all created and accomplished by The Kitchen Studio. From the kitchen, you float into a large open-plan lounge and dining area, which features a built-in fireplace by Valtron Gas and Installation. This area gives you an all-encompassing sense of space with its double-volume ceiling and large sliding doors opening up onto the veranda; this creates the perfect, seamless balance between indoor and outdoor living while overlooking the drop-edge “floating” infinity pool. The veranda comprises an L-shaped bar styled with Neolith slabs and a tucked-away braai area, making this a popular spot where most entertainment and gatherings take place. The wine storage facility has been expertly fitted and integrated into the bar without having separate wine storage or cellar.

The magnificent master bedroom is situated on the lower level and features a walk-in closet leading into the room. The main bedroom has a luxurious bathroom with large windows leading out onto a private patio. The upper level of this home was designed to accommodate separate living spaces for guests and family. It encompasses a self-sustained living space with a bar, TV lounge, two en suite bedrooms and a gymnasium. It’s clear that many hours of hard work, research, and attention to the finest details were put into executing the build and conceptualising the home’s interior. Talk about some home goals right here.

Words by: Laura Watts & Gerhard Breedt
Photos: Stephen Rowley